Diogo Jota came off the bench to make his Champions League debut for Liverpool and he certainly didn’t hide away from the spotlight.
The Portugal international was a breath of fresh air from an attacking viewpoint having been introduced in the second-half alongside Takumi Minamino and Xherdan Shaqiri who also impressed.
Jurgen Klopp’s triple substitution on the hour mark which saw the previously aforementioned trio replace Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino was an inspired one and added a sense of unpredictability to Liverpool’s attacking game.
It was a timely reminder of the depth Klopp has at his disposal and more importantly showcased that the manager isn’t afraid to use it even on the biggest stage.
Jota was one of several Liverpool stars to comment on social media after the 1-0 victory.
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Andy Robertson also sent a message out, expressing his delight to the fact that European nights are finally back on the scene for Liverpool for the first time since March.
Teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho also posted on Instagram following Liverpool’s victory.
It was all about the result for Liverpool following a crazy few weeks and the team’s ability to dig deep and grind out a vital win will only help the team build confidence going forward.
Liverpool’s fifth victory of the season was also their first clean sheet of the season – excluding the League Cup – which came at the perfect moment to answer the critics who doubted Klopp and his team’s ability in the absence of Virgil van Dijk.
Next up are back-to-back games at home against Sheffield United and FC Midtjylland.
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